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Interview: 'I Know A Woman Like That' Mother/Daughter Team Elaine & Virginia Madsen Talk Fem

5/10/2016 12:00pm EDT
Interview: 'I Know A Woman Like That' Mother/Daughter Team Elain
Nothing projects the power of strong women more than a doc dedicated to remarkable females doing amazing things in their latter years – except of course if the film in question is also helmed by a talented mother/daughter team. Directed by Emmy Award winner Elaine Madsen and executive produced by her Oscar-nominated daughter Virginia Madsen, the new doc entitled "I Know A Woman Like That" (out now on DVD and Digital HD from Virgil Films) showcases a slew of exceptional women from various backgrounds – from actress Rita Moreno to women’s rights icon Gloria Steinem - living life to the fulle...

Forgotten Friday Flick - The Action, Comedy 'Shoot 'Em Up'

4/8/2016 12:15pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Shoot 'Em Up'
With the bravado of "Batman v Superman" seriously lacking in the ass-kicking department, it felt time to infuse a little over-the-top violence to remind film fans what good action is supposed to look like – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! This week we’re grabbing every weapon we have and following a bitter angry marksman on a journey of gun-toting glee. Plus with hot call girls, sick and twisted hitmen and beautiful babies caught in the middle it’s more than time to…"Shoot ‘Em Up!"

Moody drifter Mr. Smith is your basic man with no name who also happens to be an expert marksman. ...

Check Out Our Preview Of Showtime's 'Billions' Which Premieres Sunday

1/9/2016 8:30am EST
Showtime's Billions wants to be a battle between two heavy hitters in the business world. And while it is that, it's something even better: a prize fight between four fantastic actors.

Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman all shine in the new drama, which premieres next Sunday and offers viewers another look into a high-powered world. But where House of Lies is a comedic take on consultancy, Billions is a tough exploration of Wall Street - particularly the intersection between three familiar subjects: money, power and politics.

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) ...

What Celebrity Would You Like To See On ‘The Muppets’?

9/22/2015 8:06am EDT
10 Celebrities Who NEED To Guest Star On 'The Muppets'
The latest small screen version of Jim Henson’s creations is coming to ABC, debuting this Tuesday, September 22. The Muppets have always been known for their celebrity cameos, and this iteration looks to be no different. Simply titled “The Muppets,” the show is a mockumentary about the behind-the-scenes production of “Up Late with Miss Piggy,” a fictional talk show airing after “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Elizabeth Banks and Tom Bergeron are appearing as themselves on the premiere, and plenty more Season 1 guests have already been announced. That still leaves room for plenty more cameos, so here a...

Spoiler: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Super Bowl Teaser Ends With Major Cliffhanger

1/31/2014 10:51am EST
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
A new TV spot for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released by Sony on Thursday, teasing that something big is about to happen in the new full-length trailer that's set to run during the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The teaser reveals a lot of what was already shown in the first full trailer, released at the beginning of December, but this 30-second preview ends with a huge cliffhanger: our hero catching girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in mid-air and then the two crashing together through the glass roof of a skyscraper.

"See what happens next Super Bowl Sunday," a graphic then reads.

What happ...

'12 Years A Slave': Brutal Truth Told In This Must See Oscar Worthy Film

10/18/2013 2:18am EDT
'12 Years A Slave'
'12 Years a Slave' directed by the extremely talented, Steve McQueen, ('Shame') is simply put...Brilliant.

Written by John Ridley and based on Solomon Northrup's best selling memoir, published over 160 years ago, this is a true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.
Eight years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was a free black man from upstate New York. He is abducted on a trip to Washington D.C. and sold into slavery.
Facing immense cruelty by his malevolent slave owner, Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but ...

Paul Giamatti Shooting 1980s Miami Detective TV Drama 'Hoke'

8/29/2013 8:34am EDT
Paul Giamatti
Renowned Hollywood actor Paul Giamatti is heading to television to play an out of control homicide detective in 1980s Florida.
The 46 year-old will shoot a pilot for Hoke, the story of detective Hoke Moseley, the main character in Charles Willeford's series of novels.

Production will begin next year and if the honchos at FX network choose to take up a series, it would mark Giamatti's first long-term leading role on TV.

FX programming president Eric Schrier says, "Charles Willeford is one of the most deeply respected writers of crime fiction and he created a wholly original and colorf...

Spotted: Andrew Garfield Filming 'The Amazing Spider-man 2' In New York City

6/23/2013 6:00pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-man 2
Andrew Garfield and Paul Giamatti were spotted over the weekend filming scenes for the upcoming movie, 'The Amazing Spider-man 2', at Greenwich Village in New York City. The film is a sequel to the franchise reboot where the web slinger squares off with Giamatti who plays the villain “The Rhino.”

Check out photos as the two stars filmed the sequel which will hit theaters in May 2014.

Paul Giamatti In Talks To Play The Rhino In 'Spider-Man' Sequel

1/29/2013 9:58am EST
Paul Giamatti
It may be a dream come true for Paul Giamatti - the actor is in talks to play comic book villain The Rhino in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel.

The actor said in a 2011 interview: "I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, 'Why don't they have The Rhino in one of their movies?'"

The Rhino was originally portrayed as a thug from a Soviet Bloc country who wore a suit that gave him super strength and speed. It also featured a deadly horn. In later comics The Rhino was a more sympathetic charac...

Review: 'John Dies At The End' Creates An Askew World Deliciously Off Balance And Wonderfully Insane

1/25/2013 12:27pm EST
John Dies at the End
It was interesting and difficult to put a category on this review for "John Dies At The End" as part of the fun of the film is its unbridled genre hopping acid trip like surrealism.  It’s no surprise that this one comes from Don Coscarelli, the mind behind "Phantasm" and "Bubba Ho-Tep", who all but prides himself on exploring themes and visuals that live way outside the realm of normal.  But "John Dies At The End" goes even beyond that, creating an askew world that’s deliciously off balance and wonderfully insane – unbridled Coscarelli is a sight to behold.

All surrounding a black living d...

11 Stars Who Will Never Be People's 'Sexiest Man Alive'

11/15/2012 2:04pm EST
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum was named this year's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, the 24th guy to earn the superficial title.

Tatum joins the likes of George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt on the list; which has been around for 27 years now; and we thought we'd have a little fun with it and come up with a list of the top 10 guys we think (and are pretty sure) will never be named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People -- or any other publication, for that matter.

It may seem a little mean, but it's all in the name of good humor; and if anybody can take it, it's these...

Paul Giamatti Returning To Yale For 'Hamlet'

3/16/2012 6:29pm EDT
Paul Giamatti
Actor Paul Giamatti is returning to his alma mater to tackle William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The Sideways star graduated in English at prestigious Yale University in 1989 and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.

Now, he's preparing to head back to the Connecticut arts school next year to take to the stage as the Danish prince in The Bard's famous tragedy.

Giamatti is no stranger to Shakespeare's works - he recently completed filming on a big screen remake of Romeo and Juliet, in which he plays Friar Lawrence.

'The Help' Triumphs At The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

1/30/2012 8:07am EST
Viola Davis
The Help was the toast of Hollywood on Sunday night after landing the two top actress honors and the cast prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who played maids in the period drama, picked up the night's Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, respectively, while they were also among the stars who triumphed with the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category.

The Artist's Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney to the Best Actor award, while Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dying gay fathe...

'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

12/14/2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...

Check Out 'The Hangover Part II' On DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Download

12/8/2011 7:00am EST
The Hangover Part II
A modest bachelor brunch devolves into a wild weekend in Bangkok when the gang travels to Thailand to see Stu get married in "The Hangover Part II."

Still traumatized by memories of the Las Vegas fiasco, Stu (Ed Helms) vows to keep his pre-wedding partying to the bare minimum. But when Phil (Bradley Cooper), Doug (Justin Bartha), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) show up, Stu's low-key brunch makes their previous Vegas fiasco look like a family trip to Disneyland. "The Hangover Part II" features cameos by Mike Tyson and Paul Giamatti.

The film made U.S. box office history after grossing $86.5 ...

Fall Movie Preview: October 2011

10/5/2011 11:00am EDT
The Ides of March
October 7

The Ides of March

This weekend has an interesting match-up for the box office: George Clooney’s “The Ides of March,” a sure Oscar contender, vs. “Real Steel,” a robot boxing film starring Hugh Jackman. In “Ides,” Clooney, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, stars as a promising presidential candidate whose young, idealistic aid (Ryan Gosling) sees the dark underbelly of what political campaigns are really about. Expect amazing performances from the entire cast which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Maris Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Real Steel

So why ...

George Clooney, Marisa Tomei & Other Stars Strut Their Stuff At Venice Film Festival (Photos)

9/1/2011 10:00am EDT
Marisa Tomei
Celebrities were in full force during day one of the Venice Film Festival. "The Ides of March" red carpet included Marisa Tomei (who at 46 still looks fabulous), George Clooney, Diane Kruger, Evan Rachel Wood and Cindy Crawford.

In the film, an ambitious press secretary works overtime to land his candidate in office, but quickly becomes a victim of back-room politics.

Clooney wrote and directed the adaptation of the play by Beau Willimon. Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Tomei, and Paul Giamatti star.

Cindy Crawford

George Clooney

Evan Rachel Wood

Diane Kruger

10 Cartoon Movies That Should Be Made!

7/30/2011 11:00am EDT
Christina Hendricks Jane Jetson?
Following in the footsteps of fellow Saturday morning stalwarts Scooby Doo, Speed Racer, Yogi Bear, Inspector Gadget and many more, the Smurfs at long last make their big screen debut (only a decade or two after most would really care), begging the question: What other classic cartoons could possibly be left for a live action / CGI movie adaptation? Well, lots, actually, but we’re only listing the top ten (along with some cast and director suggestions).

A live version of Hanna-Barbera’s modern space-age family has been bandied about for years, but as with so many cartoon and ...

Director Adam Shankman Uses Facebook To Find 'Rock Of Ages' Extras

7/12/2011 2:30pm EDT
Adam Shankman
Rock Of Ages director Adam Shankman has launched an appeal on to find extras for the movie musical.

Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among the star-studded cast currently filming the rock 'n' roll film extravaganza, and Shankman is giving fans the chance to share the screen with their idols.

He's opened up a casting call to users on the social networking site, urging fans to head to the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida on Monday for the shoot - and he wants them to dress to impress.

A post on Facebook reads, "Are you re...

Top Ten Memorable 'Movie Bosses'

7/6/2011 12:00pm EDT
boss photo
With so many clichéd, typical and tedious ones running rampant, what then makes a really memorable movie boss? Could it be the stern voice, an authoritative command or maybe even that unbridled rage that goes along with the pressure of a high-ranking position? Well, in anticipation of the upcoming boss-from-hell dark comedy "Horrible Bosses" (in theaters July 8 from Warner Bros.) we’re going to take a look at some of the best movie bosses the cinema has to offer. Ranging from goofy to bitter and eccentric to sadomasochistic, we are proud to present our...Top Ten Memorable 'Movie Bosses'!...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper' & More

7/4/2011 10:30am EDT
Horrible Bosses
For those of you who’ve been following me for a while, you might recall that I gave “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” a positive review. If you’re one of the people who read my opinion back then, you might be surprised to learn I really didn’t care for its sequel “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” At this point, Michael Bay is just repeating a tired formula that fails to entertain despite the introduction of 3D. Check out my further thoughts here.

This weekend you’ll have the opportunity to see the outrageous comedy “Horrible Bosses,” the Kevin James family film “Zookeeper,” the ...

Celebrity Birthdays - June 6, 2011

6/6/2011 3:00am EDT
Paul Giamatti
Happy Birthday to:

Actor Paul Giamatti (1967)

Country rocker Matthew Shafer aka Uncle Kracker (1974)

White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult (1965)

Slayer frontman Tom Araya (1961)

Guitar hero Steve Vai (1960)

Comedian Colin Quinn (1959)

Comedienne Sandra Bernhard (1955)

Stage and screen actor Harvey Fierstein (1954)

"Freddy Krueger" star Robert Englund (1949)

TV actor David Dukes (1945; d. 2000)

Rocker Gary U.S. Bonds (1939)

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Bangkok Is Wicked In 'The Hangover Part II,' Nice In Real Life

5/25/2011 3:00pm EDT
The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II had to go even wilder than Las Vegas, so they went to Bangkok. This time the wolf pack wakes up and doesn’t even know how they got there from a Thailand resort. Shooting on the streets of Bangkok was chaotic too, but director Todd Philips said that was a good thing.=

“To make a movie about mayhem, sometimes you have to go to mayhem,” Philips said. “I think it all found its way into the movie and it helped. I think in a nutshell, Bangkok is just a very crowded, very chaotic and very hot city so I think we all had just challenges dealing with the crowds and the chaos but...

Alec Baldwin Is Back In 'Rock Of Ages'

5/16/2011 9:24am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin has rejoined the cast of movie musical "Rock of Ages."

The actor urged producers to find a replacement to portray Los Angeles nightclub boss Dennis Dupree in the film, because a mystery illness left him unsure as to whether he could commit fully to the project.

But producers persuaded Baldwin not to leave the cast - and the star joined the likes of Tom Cruise and Paul Giamatti for a cast reading in Miami, Florida on Thursday.

On Friday, director Adam Shankman confirmed Baldwin was officially back onboard in a tweet to fans.

Paul Giamatti: 'I Not A Member Of Skull & Bones'

4/22/2011 8:02am EDT
Paul Giamatti
Sideways star Paul Giamatti has dismissed reports he was a member of Yale University's sinister Skull & Bones secret society.

The actor has been dogged by links to the traditional peer society ever since his career took off, but he insists he was never elected to the Skull & Bones and was never a member.

He tells WENN, "I'm not actually a member of that organization... It's unfortunately an incorrect fact about me and it's all over the place."

Giamatti graduated from Yale in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School ...

Paul Giamatti Punches Horses

3/31/2011 8:37am EDT
Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti has found a new way of disciplining unruly horses on film sets - punch them in the jaw.

The star was tired of having to reshoot scenes in his new medieval epic "Ironclad" because his steed would not stand still - so he decided to let the beast know who was playing the king.

The actor, who plays King John in the film, explains, "The horse in this was a real b**ch... It kept walking backwards just to kind of mess with me... so I punched the horse... I clipped him in the jaw."

And the brute force worked on the animal: "After that, that little crapper was on point."

'Win Win': Wonderful, Worth While

3/25/2011 10:34am EDT
Win Win tells the story of Mike, who becomes the legal guardian of Leo a senile old man. A couple of days later, his grandson shows up and through circumstance ends up living with Mike and his wife, Jackie. From there the story features bonding and the typical lines about betrayed trust.

It's moving without being schmaltzy, it's funny without telling jokes, and the characters have definite chemistry. These traits are often the signs of a great movie. But Win Win never edges itself into greatness. It's a better-than-some independent dramedy that has a good cast and a good script, but all th...

Review: 'Win Win' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree This Is Definitely A Winning Movie (Video)

3/18/2011 2:06pm EDT
Winn Winn
'Win Win' directed and written by Tom McCarthy (The Visitor and The Station Agent) explores the depths and nuances of human relationships. It shows us how under certain circumstances, even the most unlikely characters can come together and form a bond that is life changing.

Attorney Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is your typical Everyman. He has a loving wife Jackie ( brilliant Amy Ryan) and two small kids who adore him. The only thing Mike loves almost as much as his family is...'Wrestling'. Too bad the high school wrestling team Mike coaches along with his law partner, Stephen (Jeffr...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Limitless,' 'Paul,' & More

3/14/2011 10:00am EDT
Last week I was able to interview director Cary Fukunaga and actress Mia Wasikowska about their most recent project “Jane Eyre.” I got to talk with them about their motives for remaking a classic story like Jane Eyre, about working with Judi Dench, and about life on the road promoting movies. If you have not already read it, check out my interview with them, and my review of the film.

I’ve already seen “Paul,” starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, which debuts this week, and I have plans to see two other films coming out: “The Lincoln Lawyer” and “Limitless.” I will also be interviewing ...

Jon Cryer Admits 'I Am A Troll' On 'Conan'

3/11/2011 4:00pm EST
Jon Cryer Troll
Jon Cryer has come forward and admitted that he is, in fact, a troll.

Cryer made a cameo appearance on Conan last night to poke fun at the harsh words from his former Two and a Half Men co-star Charlie Sheen. Charlie said in an interview, "You're with me, or you're with the trolls. Obviously he's (Cryer) with the trolls. Jon has not called me. He's a turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he's a troll..."

Jon replied on Conan, "The fact is, I am a troll. It's not something I like to talk about. My parents don't even know... It turns out there's not a lot of tolerance for people like me, ...